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Nets’ Caris LeVert happy to see D’Angelo Russell get a max deal with Warriors

Caris LeVert, D'Angelo Russell

Brooklyn Nets swingman Caris LeVert was happy to see former teammate D’Angelo Russell get a max deal with the Golden State Warriors as part of a sign-and-trade for Kevin Durant.

The two played two seasons together and witnessed each other’s injuries and setbacks through the course of the season, developing a true bond in their short time together:

“It’s great to see D’Angelo get a max contract,” said LeVert on the YES Network Free Agency Special, according to Billy Reinhardt of NetsDaily. “I can’t wait to see what the next step is for him.”

Russell is walking into the unknown with Golden State, as he’s bound to get sound minutes during the first half of the season with Klay Thompson out with an ACL injury. But once Thompson returns, Russell could become the third-best guard in the lineup.

Thompson’s move to small forward is feasible, but it would take away his height advantage at the shooting guard position and his rebounding is far from up to par for a player at the position.

Russell’s fit with the organization is questionable, despite being welcomed effusively by president Bob Myers and the rest of the franchise, but only time will tell if he is to stick around for the long run or if the Warriors will change course as Draymond Green’s free agency approaches.

Needless to say, Russell will make those $117 million over four years whether he is with the Warriors or not, and LeVert is plenty happy about that.